Sailing Mango

We Have A Slip!

by Scott

Last week Dean The Moorage Guy got us a temporary, three month slip in Shilshole Marina, just where we wanted to be. The community here is wonderful, the kids hang out with other boat kids, and we finally feel like we have a base, at least for a little while. Many of the boats have christmas lights up, most in the shape of giant trees, which is very cool. There isn’t a lot of room for a tree inside.

In other news, last Saturday, eight days ago, our little terrier rat dog, Annie, was attacked at the dog park. She and another little dog where barking at each other, when a third dog came up and clamped onto Annie’s head. I have thought of doing this myself on more than one occasion, but now that it has happened in fact, the overall impact was a little too strong for what I was thinking, if not feeling, at some high stress bark-bark moments.

Anyway, the third dog and Annie remained like this for several minutes while first the owner of the dog tried to get her dog to release, and then a bystander took over and eventually pried open the attacking dog’s mouth. Full points to the man who helped out! Kristen was there in the park, and it sounded awful. Every time Annie tried to move or get away the third dog did a little head shake. You know, the kind where the dog is trying to break the neck of it’s prey?

Kristen took Annie to the hospital, and thank goodness, Annie wasn’t seriously injured. She received several scary looking scratches, a few punctures, and a good size wound that required two layers of stitches, just under her ear.

Cones are tough in the best of cases, but watching poor Annie trying to navigate a boat is tough. A soft cone has helped somewhat, but it still leaves us with brief moments of laughter and tears, both at the same time.

Back at the animal hospital while waiting for the doctor, Kristen did a little research on how to get a dog who has locked on to release, in no particular order:

1. Shoot the dog. I jest a bit, but if it was my kid, the dog is going down. If I had a gun. I don’t have a gun. So, skipping down...
2. Hit the dog on the nose, and I don’t mean a little “bad dog, bad dog!" tap.
3. Pry open the dogs jaw with a stick. Bring a drum stick. They are tapered for easy insertion (see #4), and very strong.
4. Insert an object, say, a drum stick, into the rectum of the attacker. Dog or the owner, it should have a surprising enough effect to get the dog to release.
5. Spray a noxious liquid, like vinegar or citronella, onto the dog’s head.

There has been a silver lining, I think, although you will have to read through a bit to see what I mean. The other day as we were driving:

Emma: Ew! There is blood all over the back seat.
Kristen: Oh, yeah, I forgot to clean that up.
Emma: Oh jeez, it’s everywhere.
Me: (thinking, smiling)

So I’m pretty sure we’ll clean up most of it, but I would like to leave a little bit in an out of the way place for the next owner of the car. It’s nice to keep people guessing. Honestly, it is too bad we didn’t put Annie in the trunk of the car while she bled all over. That would have really gotten the next owner thinking. Something not quite right with the car you say, new owner? Keep it to yourself, and move on.